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October 12, 2020 | Michael McDermott

My name is Michael McDermott. I'm an undergrad studying Mechanical Engineering, and have just completed ten weeks of research under the office of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Research. This summer was spent doing research specifically for the Hot Bucket project. The... more

October 2, 2020 | Kevin Skinner

This summer, I prepared myself for uncertainty in more ways than one. Prior to the pandemic, I had my doubts about my ability to aid in the research project I was initially aligned with. The subject of the research was interesting to me, but I thought I might be out of my depth a bit. As the summer began and pandemic grew, I became uncertain of whether I would have a project to help with at all. Fortunately, I was redirected to a research... more

October 2, 2020 | Rosadriana Zelaya

Doing research during the quarantine was a very different experience than anything I had ever done before. I was very fortunate that my research project was easily adapted to the stay-at-home life, the kitchen became my new lab! The main thing I was researching this summer was the effect that different pretreatments had on the dehydration time of chili peppers. To carry out this project I was delivered some equipment from the lab (such as the... more

October 2, 2020 | Takao Yatagai

This summer was the second time I did research with the SUPER program, and I felt a lot more confident about it because I learned a lot from the previous year. Fortunately, I was able to do research in a very similar field to that of last year – renewable energy integration into the grid. For this year, I knew I was going to be working on a model that has very detailed information about the generation, transmission, and load data... more

October 2, 2020 | Hugo Budd

Meter reader wires

This summer I worked with the Jackson Lab to develop a method to quantify methane emissions from residential natural gas-fired appliances. My task was to produce a device that could measure a home’s natural gas consumption with high resolution (20 second... more

October 2, 2020 | Alexander Nelson

The prototype interface, showing a map of Europe and Africa

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As a 2019 transfer student, SUPER was my first research experience at Stanford, so I was especially excited when I was accepted.  At first, I had applied to work on... more

September 16, 2020 | Carlos Ciudad-Real

A table showing fair market value in $/kWh

This summer I worked with Prof. Stefan Reichelstein and the Energy Business Innovations group. Our project focuses on the economic potential of electric vehicle battery reuse or second-life. The idea for the project stems from the realization that... more

September 9, 2020 | Matthew E. Dardet


Throughout the past three months, I have been working with Professor Jon A. Krosnick to explore, analyze, and generate recommendations for using a unique econometric/survey methodology known as contingent valuation (CV) that can be employed to estimate... more

September 16, 2020 | Sarah Bloom

An infographic

Coming into this summer, I had a pretty set idea of what “research” looked like. I’d done some traditional scientific research in high school, and essentially thought of it as a more original lab experiment. I thought this was true especially of energy research.

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August 31, 2020 | Emily Wong

Component pieces laid out on a bench

Methane is a common byproduct of fracking for natural gas, livestock, coal, and burning forests. As a gas, it is one of the worst of the greenhouse gases, and can trap radiation much more efficiently than carbon dioxide. As a result, when methane gas... more